Google remove spammy or otherwise non-compliant applications from Google play
We learned of this large, new round of app deletions from a company in the mobile app industry which has insight into changes like this.
To be clear, not all of these apps were deleted by Google. Some, such as a handful of Sprint bundles and apps, as well as the product from startup cautionary tale Color and several others, were likely pulled by the publishers themselves. But with a number as high as 60,000, it’s clear that many of these were pulled by Google directly.
Below is a summary of those findings, indicating which categories were most affected. As you can see, a good number of the deleted apps were those in the MP3/ringtone category, which often includes less-than-reputable publishers, to put it kindly.
Though Google doesn’t vet apps prior to publication the way that Apple does for the App Store, it has historically deleted applications that violate its Terms of Service, such as those spreading malware, infringing on others’ copyrights, or those with graphic, sexual material. However, Google often addressed these situations in the past more as a “one-off“- jumping in to immediately pull malware, for example.